Getting Insight From Parent Surveys

When toxicity poisons a school, teachers focus on self-preservation. Kids feel the consequences, missing out on high-level instruction and a shared culture devoted to their success. Here's how new principals can transform a toxic building into a thriving school environment.

Topics: Early Career Principals, School Culture and Climate

“The act of conducting a survey is itself a parent-friendly message to parents that a school cares what they think.”

The U.S. Department of Education’s message from a white paper on parent engagement is timeless. Surveys give families a voice. As the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) note, meaningful engagement strategies incorporate open, two-way communication about the school, students, needs, problems, and accomplishments. You don’t know what parents are thinking until you ask.